Iwata promises regular releases for 3DS

President does not want repeat of gaps in release schedule that troubled DS and Wii portfolio

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has said that the company is planning a more consistent release schedule for the 3DS, hoping to avoid gaps in the portfolio that could harm momentum.

He admitted that with past DS and Wii launches hardware sales slowed when the release schedule thinned out, and he doesn't want a repeat of those problems when the console begins shipping in Japan next month.

"It's important that you be able to supply software with no pause," said Iwata to the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, as reported by Andriasang.

"With the DS and Wii, following the titles that were released at launch, the momentum dropped when there was a gap in software releases. We're making plans so that this type of thing won't happen."

Over the weekend Nintendo revealed that of the 4 million units it intends to manufacturer for the financial year ending March 2011, 1.5 million are earmarked for Japan, while the other 2.5 million will be split between Europe and the US.

The system will cost ¥25,000 (£194) in Japan, with European and US prices and dates to be announced next week.

On launch week in Japan there will be only one first-party game for sale - Nintendogs/cats - with more releases staggered through the spring including updates in the Zelda and Pilot Wings franchises, Star Fox and Kid Icarus in summer and Mario Kart, Paper Mario and Animal Crossing later in the year.

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Adam Campbell Studying Games Technology, City University London10 years ago
From a customer perspective the relevance depends on what they release..
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.10 years ago
I've seen a supposed release list for much of the year from Nintendo and they do have a good line up well spaced. 3rd parties also seem to be in strong support as well so Iwata may be accurate with this. Now after 2011, that's where I'm interested in seeing if they stick with the steady releases as they'll have run out of pre-launch developed software and will be heavy into software development for the next home console.
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i havent seen any titles I'd like to play on the 3DS on launch day. When can we see some resident evil and metal gear greatess!!!
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.10 years ago
Metal Gear is a summer release and one of the RE titles is supposed to release not longer after the 3DS does. All dates are for Japan. We'll know US and European dates next week.
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